new Land Rover Discovery 3.... I like the front... but the rest can burn in hell

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  1. GReddy EX

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    Apr 02, 2004 – The Land Rover Discovery 3 is an all-new, premium SUV replacing the segment-defining Discovery. Named LR3 in the North American market, it will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 7 and on sale later this year.

    Design

    "The design of the Discovery 3 is derived from its capability. Everything you see has been done for a reason," said Land Rover design director Geoff Upex. "The priority was to give the passengers and driver a superb cabin environment, with more headroom and greater comfort. It has big, deep glazing, because that provides greater airiness and a better view."

    It is also unambiguously a Land Rover. "An absolute priority was that nobody could mistake this vehicle for anything else," said Upex. "It had to look thoroughly modern, bold and distinctive."

    Unique Land Rover design cues include its bold, geometric vertical and horizontal elements; stepped roof (to boost headroom); asymmetric rear tailgate (to reduce load height when the lower part of the tailgate is closed, and reduce reach-in distance when opened); the use of an air intake on only one side of the body (it’s all that was needed); and its large glazed areas.

    Specification

    The Discovery 3 introduces Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, previewed on the recent Range Stormer concept. This optimises driveability and comfort, as well as maximising traction. The driver chooses one of five terrain settings via a rotary switch on the centre console: a general driving programme, plus one for slippery conditions (known as ‘grass/gravel/ snow’) and three special off-road modes (mud/ruts, sand, rock crawl). Terrain Response then automatically selects the most appropriate settings for the vehicle’s advanced electronic controls and traction aids – including ride height, engine torque response, hill descent control, electronic traction control and transmission settings.

    Another innovation is the Integrated Body-frame structure, which allows the Discovery 3 to deliver the comfort, refinement and on-road attributes of a monocoque, while continuing to set new standards in off-road performance. The Discovery 3 also features adaptive headlights that swivel with the direction of travel to illuminate the road ahead.

    The top-of-the-range engine is a specially developed 4.4-litre version of Jaguar’s V8 petrol engine. Changes for Land Rover use include increased capacity, more low-end torque, enhanced dust- and water-proofing, and revised breathing to enable the car to wade rivers. In Land Rover guise, the engine must also be able to run at acute angles for extreme off-road use. The top-selling engine in Europe is likely to be Land Rover’s new 2.7-litre V6 turbodiesel (not available in North America), a common rail unit that uses variable geometry turbocharging. The third engine in the line-up is a petrol 4.0-litre V6.

    On-road driving and refinement are enhanced by fully independent suspension all round, using air springs on most models. This is height adjustable, to assist with entry and exit, and to boost ground clearance to help off-road performance.

    The driver enjoys Land Rover’s traditional ‘command' seating position, while all the rear passengers get stadium seating – progressively higher than the seats in front, offering a clearer view. The optional third row of seats are big enough to accommodate 95th percentile adults.
     
  2. s0neji

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    I'd pimp it.
     
  3. mads.

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    I think it looks good.
     
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    I like it. The back is kind of meh though :hs:
     
  6. pixel804

    pixel804 yabba dabba do

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    the profile and back look like shite
     
  7. dbman96

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    Back = :ugh:

    And cheers to Rover for eliminating the solid axle that made them one of the few seriously capable and durable off-road luxu-SUVs. Way to blend into the background noise.
     
  8. i think everything but the interior can burn in hell including the desiners. I mean comon posing off of the honda element i never thought i would see some one drop to that level especially not land rover.
     
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    i think it would look a little cooler if the line didnt break at the door
     
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    That interior is just horrible. I think the current Grand Cherokee beats it in interior design, good lord. Just a wad of plastic.
     
  11. bokhan

    bokhan i love you

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    that's meh.
     
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    Looks fine, like a simpler, modern, 21st century Discovery.
     
  13. Taylor

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    I love it. I'd definitely buy one.
     
  14. TriShield

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    It finally has a relatively ergonomic looking interior and modern V8 too.
     
  15. UsualSuspect

    UsualSuspect Sic Semper Tyrannis

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    Looks good. Too small for my personal tastes but not bad.
     
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    Captain Haddock Blistering Barnacles OT Supporter

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    Why does every manufacturer think exposed plastic looks rugged? :ugh:
     
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    looks too weak. needs to look more rugged. front only looks good because it looks like the range rover.
     
  18. GReddy EX

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    bump - so you weekenders can see how ugly this thing is
     
  19. jinushaun

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  20. bheld

    bheld I'm paying you with your own money...

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    wow, it got a huge dose of ugly
     
  21. MorningWood

    MorningWood Go ahead, Touch it

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    I think the rear looks a lot like the european cargo vans, but other than that....it's quite a bit nicer than the current Discovery.
     
  22. LEX

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    :rant2:I want a diesel engine... not a crappy v8
     
  23. mamoru

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    that back end is disgusting.

    I'm sorry...

    but the front is nice, interior looks a bit cheap for my tastes.

    But then again, I drive a miata, so who am I to comment? :o
     
  24. RenaultFreak

    RenaultFreak OMG

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    I guess that you all hate the current Discovery, this new one keeps the same theme for the side view and rear design....
     
  25. mamoru

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    I like the back end ( :o ) of the current discovery...
     

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